“Listening To Kenny G” Review: Follow our love/hate relationship with the smooth jazz icon

When you hear Kenny G’s “Songbird,” do you fall into an erotic dream. That includes chablis sprayed into a glass, flickering candles, hot tub bubbles, and Sybaris gift certificates? Or did you find the G face in Peter Griffin’s ass when he played Lois’ saxophone solo on Family Guy? This is a central concept in Listening To Kenny G., the film directed by Penny Lane for the latest anthology series about Bill Simmons Music Box on HBO. “How do you feel?” the director asked “G Man” at the beginning. “I was belittled by nature,” he said, “but I’m fine.” And it should.

Kenneth Gorelick, born in Seattle, Washington, has sold more than 75 million albums:

Whoever holds the Guinness world record for longest musical note (45:47!). It is an OG investor in the Starbucks and also enjoys the attention of the Chinese nation. Every night at the ceremony with his 1990 song “Going Home”. But despite his long and successful career and considerable musical talent. Kenny G’s music was often reviled by music critics, despised by some corners of the jazz establishment (Pat Meteni had some in mind). And turned into something cultural. Stands for painfully uncooled shit. Even so, Kenny G just shrugged, smiled and increased his handicap by +0.6. He prefers to think of everyone who played Songbird at their wedding.

Listening to Kenny G includes in-depth interviews on his subject and numerous music and cultural critics. Who contextualize his music and analyze the importance of his success. There’s plenty of fascinating archival footage as well, like super clippings of TV personalities from the 1980s getting hot and worried about Kenny G’s “horns”. Katie Kurick calls her music “sexy”. Oprah Winfrey says she’s doing something with her saxophone and Larry’s eyes. King lit up as Kenny handed out sheet music at Larry King’s Weekend studio.

The breadth and depth of Kenny G’s breakthrough and rise in the 1980s and early 1990s were spectacular. From the stupidity and awkward narrative structure of his old music videos to Kenny’s awards and extraordinary television footage. And his signature saxophone bucket teaming up with titans of the era like Michael Bolton to earlier footage of teenage Kenny living at the Franklin High School Jazz Lab. , Listening creates a solid visual sensation to accompany the extensive interview segment.

“Isn’t that part of Kenny G’s music marketing that he’s romantic?”

asked New York Times jazz and pop critic Ben Ratliff. “And that’s probably the music people want in the background during sex?” It’s always been a mystery to me. “Part of the fun with Listening to Kenny G is watching critics like jazz writer Ratliff and Popmatters Will Leiman and cultural observers like New York professor Jason King try to articulate what makes music.” It’s like being on the pavement to pour,” Lyman suggested. Then he called it real masturbation. Nevertheless, the G stood on its own.” That’s precisely what I heard.

While Listening To Kenny G, he becomes a kind-hearted, even lucky man, who enjoys a busy running game on his alto saxophone with a smile in his eyes and more extensive and louder reviews of his music and the success of a Caucasian musician. They seem to be on the air with innovations rooted in African-American musical traditions. In his honour, Listening to Kenny G emphasizes his point of view with these questions. But maybe to his detriment, Kenny G just strayed, and the next thing we know is he’s in the studio and recording a record called New Standard. You know, since the current jazz standards aren’t going to help him, he’s got to come up with his own.

After all, Kenny G belongs to the famous G Man circle:

While breathing with the main argument. She introduces both sides, snaps a few shots, lets the guy talk about it and then lets it all explode through the camera in one continuous tune. It’s like smooth jazz, offending no one and doing it at a certain pace.

Whether you say it or not, you probably have your warmth when it comes to Kenny G and Smooth Jazz. Listening to Kenny G can help you realize what you’ve been thinking about him, even if it doesn’t affect you in one way or another.